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Earl Haig will have you returning for more

PUBLISHED: 13:24 26 May 2011

Earl Haig pub ,Bexleyheath

Earl Haig pub ,Bexleyheath

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Pub grub is what you may be first expecting as you walk in to The Earl Haig.

But as part of the Ember Inns chain the decor and menu at the restaurant and bar in Bexleyheath quickly reveals a bustling choice of affordable food, and faultless service.

With daytime dining from as little as £5.95 for a meal and drink and a more comprehensive new seasonal and set evening menu it has the right recipe to get punters through the door – but can it keep them, that’s the real test.

Choosing to dine on a Thursday evening, considered the start of the weekend by many, both restaurant and bar, serving cask ales, seemed busy with a mix of customers.

Billed as two or three- course heaven, the price was exactly that at £8.95 or £10.95 for the evening set menu. To be honest, all meals were reasonably priced so you don’t feel tied to the cheapest option.

For starters I had the mainstay of most first courses, cheese and bacon potato wedges while my guest had Arbroath smokie bite-size fish cakes, both plentiful portions, presented and cooked well.

Ordering at the bar I went for minted lamb shank, with creamy mash, green beans, peas in minted jus. My partner opted for Fisherman’s Pie.

I find the easiest way to see the calibre of a chef is to check out lamb on the bone and I was not disappointed with the meat falling off effortlessly, tender with a slight change in colour. Over or under-coooked and it would be a disaster for this dish – it did not disappoint. Other customers seemed to have no complaints with their meals and tasty looking desserts were tempting me for a third course, but if there is one way I’ve learned how to spoil a splendid meal it is to overindulge, so I declined.

With a good menu selection, options for shared starter portions, credit crunch prices, which don’t cheapen the quality, and service with a genuine smile this pub will have you coming back for more.

The Earl Haig, Little Heath Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 5HH. Call 01322 449463. No need to book.

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